Sultan of Brunei Doubles Down on Stoning Homosexuals

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei doubled-down on implementation of strong Islamic Sharia statutes that include the stoning of homosexuals. The decision to push ahead with the punishments has sparked alarm around the world. (Time Magazine photo)

New Straits Times – Brunei’s sultan called for Islamic teachings in the country to be strengthened as strict new sharia punishments, including death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, were due to come into force on Wednesday.

The tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island – ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – is set to be fully implemented following years of delays.

The laws, which also include amputation of hands and feet for thieves, will make Brunei the first place in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level, joining several mostly Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia.

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